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WhatNext Cancer Support Network Nominated for "Best in Show-Cancer Support Community"

by GregP_WN

We have great news to share! The WhatNext cancer support network and myself have been nominated in the WEGO Health Awards for Patient Leader, and "Best in Show" for Cancer Support Community. We are honored to be nominated for this prestigious award, and we appreciate everyone that has nominated WhatNext. 

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What Are the WEGO Health Awards?

According to the WEGO Health Website, "Originally coined the “WEGO Health Activist Awards,” the WEGO Health Awards were created to embody the mission...

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What Is ASCO And How it Can Help Cancer Patients

by Jane Ashley

Who is ASCO? What do they do? Why is the information that they share so important? Most probably, you’ve seen some online articles or heard the acronym on television in a story about cancer. But let’s dig deeper and learn why ASCO is so important to every cancer patient and survivor.

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Who is ASCO?


ASCO stands for the American Society of Clinical Oncology. The Society was founded in 1964 by seven cancer physicians whose goal was to improve the care for people diagnosed with cancer. When ASCO...

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11 Cancer Myths - And Truths

by Jane Ashley

As if it’s not bad enough to be diagnosed with cancer, it’s even worse when our friends, co-workers, and relatives share things that they have heard about cancer. They mean well, but many myths are floating around the internet. It’s time that we separate truth from fiction. Here are some of the common myths about cancer that simply are not true.

11 Cancer Myths And Truths


Chemo Kills – Not Cancer 

This myth is not just a myth. It’s also a dangerous myth that may scare people from seeking potentially curative...

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Survivor Moments - Breathe Them In

by GregP_WN

Have you caught yourself stopping for a moment and thinking to yourself, "wow, I could have missed this"?  Cancer survivors all have these moments, it might be simply sitting on your porch watching the sunset. Or seeing a new Grandbaby for the first time. It might simply be waking up one morning and enjoying a quiet cup of coffee. These are "Survivor Moments", breath them in!

Survivor Moments Breath Them In

After having three diagnoses of two types of cancer covering 30 years, I appreciate these survivor moments more...

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Practical Ways to Beat Scanxiety

by Jane Ashley

Virtually every cancer patient will agree that when it’s time for your scans, it’s one of the most stressful parts of your treatment or surveillance after treatment. It has a name – SCANXIETY (scan zi et ee). Here are some practical ways to beat scanxiety.

Practical Ways To Beat Scanxiety

 
Your closest family members don’t understand; your friends don’t have a clue; don’t bother to tell a co-worker either. We remember all too well that when we were diagnosed, it was most probably a scan that told our doctors that we...

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Things to Do On the 4th of July

by Jane Ashley

The Fourth of July is always one of those happy times of the year. For many families, the Fourth of July has become the date for an annual family reunion. Traditions vary – everyone comes to grandma’s house – or the family rents a large beach house big enough for the entire family. 

Happy Fourth Of July


Even if there’s not a family reunion in your plans, plan to have fun on the Fourth of July. Maybe this is the year to start a new family tradition. Here are some fantastic ideas.

 
Go on a picnic to a...

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The Top 10 Questions Colon Cancer Patients Are Asking

by GregP_WN

When we are diagnosed with cancer we immediately have all sorts of things running through our minds. Questions start popping up about everything from will I die, to will treatment hurt, and how long will all of this take? A survey of our WhatNext Colon Cancer Community revealed these top 10 questions that colon cancer patients are asking. 

1) Does a port implant hurt to have put in?

Port Installation

"I am having a power port done on Saturday because my veins keep blowing. I have been told...

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The Difference Between Neoadjuvant Therapy and Adjuvant Therapy

by Jane Ashley

When we think of cancer treatment, chemotherapy is probably the first thing that comes to mind. Chemo makes the news almost every day, in part because of its sometimes brutal side effects including hair loss, nausea/vomiting, fatigue and weight loss/weight gain. There are just over 250 chemotherapy drugs that are utilized in the treatment of all different types of cancer. 

Neo Adjuvant

We may think, “Well, chemo is chemo.”

That’s true, but chemotherapy is used in different ways for different...

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Things Cancer Patients Bought After Diagnosis They Never Expected to Need

by GregP_WN

First, we never thought we would be diagnosed with cancer. Then, we never thought we would be buying these things that are listed. One day you're moving through life as planned, and a few days later you are trying on wigs, or looking for the right size adult diapers, or new clothes because the old ones don't fit anymore. We asked the WhatNext Community what they had to buy after their diagnosis that they never thought they would and these are some of those things.

Things Cancer Patients Bought After Their Diagnosis They Never Thought They Would

Cancer has lots of...

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Coping With Cancer Treatments Through Summer

by Jane Ashley

Welcome summer…we’ve missed you. The official first day of summer is June 21, but hot temperatures are already here for most of us. Hot weather brings some different issues to the forefront for us as cancer patients – how hot weather and strong sunlight affect us as cancer patients and survivors.

Officially Summer

Sun Exposure

Fluorouracil, commonly known as 5FU, may cause your skin to be more sensitive to the sun. 5FU is a common chemotherapy drug used to treat breast, colorectal, esophageal, pancreatic, ...

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